Adult Lecture Series

The Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission is pleased to present talks on topics that impact Colorado citizens and residents of Douglas County. The intent of these talks is to increase the understanding of how arts, science and technology effect current and future issues facing our community, and provide the opportunity to learn and discuss a variety of trending topics.

Parker Arts Adult Lecture Series is sponsored by Parker Adventist Hospital.
 
All lectures take place at PACE Center and are FREE and open to the public. We like to anticipate the number of guests attending, so although an RSVP is not required, it is appreciated. Please RSVP via email, Sign Up Genius, or phone at 303.805.6800.   

2017/2018 Lecture Schedule


September 6 – The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly
October 3 – Rueter-Hess Reservoir
November 1 – Causes and Treatments for Pain – A Panel Discussion
December 6 – Depression – A Panel Discussion
January 24 – From Page to Stage; Theater Talk with PACE
February 7 – Innovations in Police Technology
March 7 – Genetic Counseling
April 4 – The Power of Story
May 2 – Fermentation
Please see full lecture descriptions below.
      

Where To Start To Love Your Heart


Saturday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.
Guest Speaker:
Brook Ebel, MNT from Natural Grocers  
Taking care of your heart doesn’t have to be complicated. Start by uncovering some common heart care myths, and then begin your journey toward heart health with three simple dietary strategies and three supplements that will pump up your heart health. 
  

The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly

 
Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker:
Jeannine Colley
Did you know that 1 in 3 bites of food depend on a pollinator?  Did you know that pollinators are facing many challenges for survival in our world? But wait---what is a pollinator and what’s the big deal?   Find out who these small but mighty creatures really are and how they impact our daily lives.  Learn about what is happening to them and how we humans can help---not only the pollinators, but ourselves. Explore ideas for pollinator-friendly gardens that are beautiful and water-wise. Overview the plight of the Monarch butterfly and receive free milkweed seeds—the only food for the Monarch caterpillar.  Become a part of a global, grass-roots effort to support the world’s pollinators!
 

Rueter-Hess Reservoir


Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. 
Guest Speaker:
Susan Saint Vincent, President of the Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority 
Join President of the Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority Susan Saint Vincent for an informative discussion on the history of the Recreation Authority; the regional partnership and how we got to “today”; the process and development of the Recreation Master Plan; as well as identified phases for construction of various amenities (infrastructure, trails, incline, etc.) including what we have accomplished in 2017 and looking toward in 2018 and the future!
 

Why Do I Still Hurt?: A Panel Discussion on Chronic Pain


Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Speakers:
Dr. Christopher Kudron, Denver-Vail Orthopedics;
Zachary Fox, PT, DPT - Rocky Mountain Spine and Sport Physical Therapy;
Avi Ginsburg, Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Hatch Chiropractic; and
Dr. Troy Ryan, DC, High Caliber Chiropractic
Pain affects more people in the U.S. than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined, and it is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. Pain is the leading cause of disability in this country and it is a major contributor to health care costs. Approximately one in every four Americans has suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours. To discuss this important issue, we've assembled a panel of experts from both alternative and traditional western medicine, to speak on the causes and possible treatments for chronic pain. The discussion will be moderated. Each expert will be given time to provide their prospective in evaluating and treating pain, followed by a open question and answer session with the audience. 


Panel Discussion on Depression


Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Speakers:
Doug Muir, MBA, MSW, OCSW, CACIII  Dir. Of the Behavioral Health Service Line at Porter Adventist Hospital; Matt Louzon, MA, LPC, CMiT, Lead Counselor at Parker Family Care; and JD Belche, AllHealth Network
Depression affects our emotional well-being and leaves us feeling out of control.  It interferes with daily life as well as our relationships.  People of all ages, from children and teens to the elderly, can suffer from depression.  This panel will provide an overview of depression including symptoms, treatment and management. 

From Page to Stage - Theater Talk with PACE


Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker:
Richard Spomer, Parker Arts Production Manager
Do you enjoy seeing shows at the PACE Center and often wonder how the show comes together? Join us to learn and see for yourself details about how your favorite shows are put together from the ground up. How do they fly actors in the air safely? How do they build all of those incredible sets? What does a scenic charge do? This lecture will take you from page to stage, from concept to creation using the set of The Little Mermaid as a full size model for the lecture.

Innovations in Police Technology


Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker:
 Chris Peters, Commander, Parker Police Department, and
Josh Hans, Public Relations/PIO, Parker Police Department
The Parker Police Department makes providing its officers with the latest and best technology a priority. Through the use of advanced training tools like the Ti Training Use of Force Simulator, officers can be better prepared when they face crisis situations. Our body worn camera program has earned national praise and furthers our commitment to transparency while serving the community. Learn about these new technologies and many more as crime fighting becomes more high-tech. In addition, the proliferation of social media in our society has created many opportunities for law enforcement that never existed. The ability to communicate directly with residents has enhanced the police department’s ability to get out important public safety messages, community outreach efforts and ongoing events and classes.


Genetic Counseling


Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker:
Melissa Gilstrap, MS, CGC Genetic Services Coordinator, Parker Adventist Hospital
Genetics is a topic in the media and conversation more and more these days but few people know what types of genetic tests may be indicated for them or how to evaluate the quality of various tests.  Parker Adventist Hospital’s Genetic Counselor, Melissa Gilstrap, MS, CGC, will provide information about the importance of family health history, how to collect and document that history, and then how to use that information to personalize the healthcare and genetic testing you receive.  She will also discuss genetic counseling and the various genetic tests commonly available in a clinical setting and online. 


The Power of Story


Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker:
Nanette Fimian Randall, Memoirs by Design
Everyone is a storyteller and the best tales come from real life experiences, learned lessons, and family history. Stories connect us. They are a lasting link between past, present, and future. When voices go silent because of illness, disease, or death, the stories are gone forever. An oral history or a life memoir keeps the stories alive. If you know someone who would benefit by telling their story or if you have a loved one in need of direction, join us for this unique presentation. Program topics include becoming a storyteller; sharing memories and making them last; remembering our special storytellers; and learning that life has something to teach us still. Find out more about what you can do to capture your own.

Fermentation


Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker:
Dr. Andrew C. Hawkins, PhD., Director of Fermentation, Facilities, and IT at GEVO, Inc.
Fermentation is a part of our daily lives, whether we know it or not.  Microbes that do fermentation make really useful stuff, like yoghurt, whisky, medicine, and renewable fuels.  Humans have used fermentation as a tool to clean up undrinkable water, ease suffering, make tasty meats and cheeses, and generally to have a good time.  Even before humans understood what fermentation really was, and even what microbes were, we still made good stuff with it!  Come hear Dr. Andrew Hawkins, a PhD trained Microbiologist, teach you about all the good stuff fermentation can do as well as how microbes help us live a happier, healthier, and fuller life.